You won't Wynne our vote supporting Israel's crimes Dear Friend, Have you heard the news? Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne is being presented with a

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You won't Wynne our vote supporting Israel's crimes

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Wynne's 2013 Liberal Convention acceptance speech spoke of a "fair and inclusive society." Why is she accepting an "honour" from the Israel lobby, then?

Dear Friend,

Have you heard the news? Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne is being presented with a leadership award by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Israel lobby group. While Israel deepens its nearly 50-year military occupation over Palestinians, Wynne--rather than condemning this illicit behaviour--joins Stephen Harper in rewarding Israel for its ongoing colonization of Palestinian lands.

Please join me in calling on Wynne to refuse this so-called "honour" from CIJA by signing our petition.


CIJA's CEO Shimon Fogel said: "The root cause [of conflict] is not Israel's presence but the rejection of Israel's presence in the territories." Unlike CIJA, Canada sees Israel's attempt to establish a permanent presence in the territories as illegal.

CIJA is an uncritical supporter of both the current Israeli and Canadian governments, enabling Netanyahu's racist policies, and championing Harper's police state through its active promotion of Bill C-51. Also, CIJA claims to represent Canada's diverse Jewish communities, when in fact, it represents only the interests of the Israeli government and Canada's conservative elites.

Ontarians do not support the repression of Palestinians. So why would our Premier?

Let Wynne know that her apparent indifference to Israel's ongoing crimes against Palestinians is entirely unacceptable. Wynne has been outspoken about Aboriginal rights in Canada -- so why is she cozying up to an organization that denies the humanity of the native inhabitants of Israel-Palestine?

On May 4, several organizations sent Wynne a letter requesting a meeting, but we still haven't heard back from her. You can read a version of this letter here.

In addition to signing our petition, you can phone her office at 416-325-1941, and send her an email at You can reference these talking points.

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With hope for a just and peaceful future for all,

Tyler Levitan
Campaigns Coordinator
Independent Jewish Voices - Canada

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